Another Look at the Angel’s Prayer

A commenter recently corrected us regarding the “Most Holy Trinity” Prayer taught by the Angel of Fatima.

The commenter stated:

“This is the correct version of the Prayer of the Angel:

“Most Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Ghost, I adore Thee profoundly, and I offer Thee the Most Precious Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of the same Son Jesus Christ, present in *all* the Tabernacles of the world, in reparation for all the *outrages, sacrileges,* and indifferences by which He Himself is offended.  And by the infinite merits of His Most Sacred Heart and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I beg *of Thee* the conversion of poor sinners.

* words that were omitted or reversed in the version originally posted”

I wish I was possessed of the confidence of that commenter! I have dozens of books on Fatima and there are many  variations in that prayer.  On the page which  the commenter cited, I had inadvertently omitted the phrase,  “of Thee”,  leaving the last sentence to read “I beg the forgiveness of poor sinners.” So, I  corrected that mistake in the one instance in which it appeared.

Three Versions

There are several variations on the Angel’s Prayer. Here are three examples  from authoritative sources. I have others.

“Most Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Ghost, I adore Thee profoundly, and I offer Thee the Most precious Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of the same Son Jesus Christ, present in the Tabernacles of the world, in reparation for all the sacrileges, outrages, and indifferences by which He Himself is offended. And by the infinite merits of His Most Sacred Heart and through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I beg of Thee the conversion of sinners.”

That is the version published in the booklet, “The True Story of Fatima” by Father John de Marchi, published by the Fatima Center. It is found on page 7 and again in  “The Seven Fatima Prayers” on page 96. You’ll notice that the order of the reparations, that is “sacrilges, outrages and indifferences” is the same as we have used consistently here. Father Gruner was the Director at the time this booklet was published.

Next, from Frere Michel de la Sainte Trinite. The Whole Truth about Fatima – Vol I :

“Most Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, I offer You the most precious Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ, present in all the tabernacles of the world, in reparation for the sacrileges, outrages and indifference by which He Himself is offended. And through the infinite merits of His most Sacred Heart, and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I beg of You the conversion of poor sinners.” (Kindle Locations 1172-1174).

And lastly, this source:

“Most Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Ghost, I offer you the most precious Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ, present in all the tabernacles of the world, in reparation for the sacrileges, outrages and indifferences by which He Himself is offended. Through the infinite merits of His Most Sacred Heart and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I beg of You the conversion of poor sinners.” (Father Karl Stehlin, “Fatima, a spiritual light for our times”, Kolbe Publications)

All of those sources had the same sequence: sacrilege, outrage and indifference. There is a reason for this, which we will discuss later.  But for now, let’s consider the problematic “all”.  It did not appear in the first version cited and I chose to leave it out of the Prayer until the commenter corrected me. I then noted that other sources  included it and so I reluctantly add it; however, I do not believe that Our Lord Jesus Christ is present in “all” the tabernacles any longer. I doubt the efficacy of the sacraments of many of these apostates.  But I will concede the point to Father Karl Stehlin who is surely the best judge.

There are other differences in the versions of the prayer, but I will limit the discussion to the criticism offered by the commenter.

Our Choice

The essential point I’d like to make is that I had several versions of the prayer and in the end, provided my readers with what seemed to be the “best” version. Yes, that was my arbitrary choice. The version we now have is:

“Most Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Ghost, I adore Thee profoundly, and I offer Thee the Most Precious Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of the same Son Jesus Christ, present in all the Tabernacles of the world, in reparation for all the sacrileges, outrages and indifferences by which He Himself is offended.  And by the infinite merits of His Most Sacred Heart and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I beg of thee the conversion of poor sinners.”

Cause (Sacrilege) Comes Before Effect (Outrage)

Regarding the sequence, “sacrileges, outrages and indifferences”, it seems to me that the sacrilege committed against Our Lord in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, in His most Blessed Sacrament is the great sin that is here addressed. That sin of sacrilege initiates the outrage but in time, the  acuteness of the sacrilege dulls and the outrage fades as grace ebbs from the Church; and what results is simply the indifference that is the opposite of the fervor of love which Our Lord so longs for. Today His love is met with indifference. His suffering is of no concern. Monstrous evil has become  banal.

I hope this helps explain the Prayer in the form we use it, and suggest that if anyone is still concerned about it – no other readers have expressed a concern – you discuss with a priest that you trust and take his advice on which prayer to say.

So that this post will not be a complete waste, we offer the following repost:

In 2000, the Vatican advised Catholics that Fatima’s message was relegated to the past. However, at Fatima on May 13, 2010, Pope Benedict XVI confirmed that, “we would be mistaken to think that the prophetic mission of Fatima is complete“.  And yet, the misinformation campaign from the Vatican continues to bear fruit in the widespread apathy to the true penitential message of Fatima. Any faithful Catholic who has been paying attention to the unfolding crisis of the faith under Pope Francis, can clearly see that the current papacy is not in any way obedient to the message of the Mother of God at Fatima and the Church does not seem to be able to pull out of this self-destructive mode without Divine assistance. Perhaps it is wise to revisit the message of the Angel of Fatima

At Fatima, in 1917, Our Savior Jesus Christ sent us His own Holy Mother as His emissary to urge us to turn from sin, repent and renew our spiritual battle in prayer and reparation. But did you know that the year before, in Summer of 1916,   St. Michael the Archangel, God’s own great warrior, who vanquished Satan and his minions into the eternal fires of hell, appeared to Lucia, Francisco and Jacinta? Fatima scholars believe that St. Michael was preparing the little shepherds to receive Our Lady’s revelations.

The Angel of Fatima
“Take and drink the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ, horribly outraged by ungrateful men.
Make reparation for their crimes and console Our Lord

What did the Angel say? After identifying himself as the Angel of Peace, he taught the children to pray. Now, you may well ask, if the Angel was the great warrior Angel of God, St. Michael the Archangel, why did he identify himself as the Angel of Peace? Because as St. Michael knows, peace will only result when Satan is vanquished. In this, our final battle, our greatest spiritual armaments are prayer and sacrifice. In fact, the very essence of the Catholic Faith, the epitome of Catholicity is the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, which unites the most perfect and acceptable prayer with the most perfect and unblemished sacrifice.

After assuring the children at that first visit that “The Hearts of Jesus and Mary are attentive to the voice of your supplications”, the Angel left them, only to return in a few months. At the time, the children were relaxing in the shade of a fig tree beside a well. The Angel reappeared chiding them, “What are you doing? Pray, pray a great deal! The Hearts of Jesus and Mary have designs of mercy for you! Offer unceasingly to the Most High prayers and sacrifices!”

Lucia then asked the Angel how they were to sacrifice themselves. “Offer up everything within your power as a sacrifice to the Lord in an act of reparation for the sins by which He is offended; and of supplication for the conversion of sinners….Above all, accept and bear with submission the sufferings that the Lord may send you.”

Reminiscing later, Sister Lucia remarked that the words of the Angel enlightened them to Who God is, how God wants us to love Him and how much He values our sacrifices and rewards them with conversion of sinners. From that time on, the children occupied themselves increasingly in praying to God as the Angel had taught them and making use of the opportunities for sacrifice that presented themselves, moment by moment in their daily lives.

That Autumn, the Angel appeared in the most remarkable of his apparitions thus far. He held a chalice in his hand, over which was suspended a Host, from which drops of Precious Blood fell into the chalice. Leaving the Sacred Host and Chalice suspended in the air, the Angel then prostrated himself on the ground before it, repeating the following prayer:

“Most Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Ghost, I adore Thee profoundly, and I offer Thee the Most Precious Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of the same Son Jesus Christ present in all the Tabernacles of the world, in reparation for all the sacrileges, outrages, and indifferences by which He Himself is offended. Through the infinite merits of His Most Sacred Heart and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I beg of Thee the conversion of poor sinners.”

The Angel arose after reciting the prayer three times. He then administered Holy Communion to the children, giving the Sacred Host to Lucia and the Precious Blood to Jacinta and Francisco, as he said, “Take and drink the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ, horribly outraged by ungrateful men. Make reparation for their crimes and console Our Lord.”

Understanding the meaning of these apparitions of St. Michael is essential to understanding the full message of Fatima. Further, understanding Fatima is essential for us to respond to the spiritual demands of this time in history. At the time of the Angel’s message, there was no Novus Ordo Mass, no Extraordinary Ministers handling the Sacred Host carelessly with unconsecrated hands, no communion in the hand, dispensed like trick or treat candy. The Blessed Sacrament was universally treated with reverence. Contrast that with the latest Papal Mass in the Philippines where the Sacred Species was handed around and trampled under foot in the mud. Pope Francis has been photographed kneeling to receive a “blessing” from heretics, but by all accounts, he is unable or unwilling to kneel even briefly at the Consecration at his own Masses. Cardinal Wuerl, who is perhaps the one American prelate closest to Pope Francis, is well known for his insistence on allowing pro-abortion politicians to receive Our Lord in Holy Communion.

Guilty for the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ

St. Paul says, “Therefore, whosoever shall eat this Bread or drink the Chalice of the Lord unworthily shall be guilty for the Body and Blood of the Lord.(1 Cor. 11, 27). Yet, Pope Francis and his allies are working to assure that the Church will disregard 2,000 years of teaching and welcome unrepentant sinners to Holy Communion. This is a direct attack on the Body and Blood of Christ, carried out by Pope Francis and the leaders of the Church.

Each of us exists here and now right where God has allowed us to be so that we may serve Him in this huge spiritual combat on which our salvation and the salvation of all our loved ones depend.

It has been 99 years! Although prior generations failed, we must grasp the significance of God’s message calling us to prayer and sacrifice. When we look at the history of the Church and the world since the events of 1916-17, we cannot help but note the rapid decline. How did we get from St. Pius X and St. Pio to Pope Francis and his disgusting Synod and midterm Relatio? Fatima explains it. Return to Fatima and you return to the truth we have lost. As the Angel urged us, “Fear not,…Pray! Pray a great deal! Offer unceasingly…prayer and sacrifice…Take and drink the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ, horribly outraged by ungrateful men. Make reparation for their crimes and console your God.”

To help us grow in the the spiritual strength for this task, we might begin by simply repeating as often as possible that long-forgotten prayer, so ignored by our Church,

“Most Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Ghost, I adore Thee profoundly, and I offer Thee the Most Precious Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ, present in all the tabernacles of the world, in reparation for all the outrages, sacrileges and indifference by which He Himself is offended. And by the infinite merits of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I beg the conversion of poor sinners.”

It is up to each of us now, to wage the life or death struggle with the powers of evil which have overcome our country, our very world and even many areas of our Church. Remember that the Warrior Angel is the Angel of Peace. Peace can only be obtained by prayer and sacrifice. Some are called to more heroic sacrifices, but most of us are the foot soldiers, and we must pray unceasingly, offering our rosaries and our Masses with our constant sacrifices of each moment, whatever His sacred will demands of us.

At Fatima, our Lady identified herself as the Lady of the Rosary urging us to pray the rosary daily. She also requested the Five First Saturdays of Reparation and in her final visit, on October 13, 1917, she appeared in the Carmelite habit, which is an invitation to all who would follow her, to take up her brown scapular and all that it entails. I will post more on these devotions soon. In the meantime, please consider making the Angel’s Prayer at Fatima a part of your daily spiritual practice. You can add it to your rosary, right after each Pater Noster. And, you can pray it after the Consecration, before receiving Communion and as a part of your thanksgiving afterwards.

 

And more than ever, pray the Rosary and confound the devil!

~ originally posted by evensong for love of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the Sacred Heart of Jesus

 

4 thoughts on “Another Look at the Angel’s Prayer

  1. Cathy says:

    Thank you for noting and emphasizing the sequence of “sacrilege, outrages and indifference.” For some reason, I never thought about it much before, but it is very true. I read elsewhere that indifference can sometimes hurt even more than outright hatred, especially to a loving heart like Our Dear Lord’s Sacred Heart. “I hate you” versus “you suffer for me, but I just don’t care.” May Our Dear Lord and His Most Holy Mother keep you close to their Sacred and Immaculate Hearts.

  2. Mroman says:

    Some observers note that the children receive from the Angel communion according to both Eastern and Latin rites in the Church; Lucia, who had already received her First Communion, receives the body; the other two children receive the blood, as is customary for children in the Eastern rite since early infancy.

    • Yes! By her triumph, she will achieve the healing of the great rift in the Body of Christ. At last, we shall be united even as the Sacred and Immaculate Hearts are united inseparably.
      But first, we must obey very attentively, all the requests of Our Lady of the Rosary in her Fatima Message.
      Thank you for your comment.
      May Our Lady of the Rosary keep you always close to her Immaculate Heart

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